The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 133 - Delilah

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 133 - Delilah

It's been more than a week with no new filler designs! I don't know about you, but I'm going through withdrawal!

Let's feed our addiction to free motion quilting with a new design based off of the huge dahlia flowers I love in the summer:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I've had this design in my head since the start of the project, but for some reason didn't get around to quilting a sample until now.

Sometimes I catch myself losing track of the designs I've done and those still bouncing around in my brain. With more than 100 designs done, it's easy to get confused!

When I think of Dahlia flowers, I'm always reminded of the song "Hey there Delilah..." which was so popular last summer.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design can be a bit tricky to keep consistent because the triangle shapes don't always want to squish together consistently.

I also mention in the video how I didn't really like designs with sharp angles when I was first getting started free motion quilting. It took some practice and patience before I finally started to like designs like these. 

Design Family - Center Fill. This design starts in the center of your quilting space and radiates out. This makes for a design that will be easy to stitch in the open, uncomplicated areas of your quilt.

free motion quilting | Leah DayDirectional Texture - Center focused. It's kind of hard to ignore the huge flower shape with this design. Make sure to place it somewhere that you want loads of attention.

Suggestions for Use - Remember my applique circle quilt from way back in the fall? I picked up this quilt pattern from the Guildcrafters Quilt Shop after running a search for circle quilt patterns.

I haven't managed to get back to that quilt, but one day I will and I'll use a different center focused filler design in all 70 circles. I'm sure it will make for a cool quilt if I ever manage to finish it!

Back of Delilah
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. What a stunning design - it will be prefect for your applique circle quilt - I fancy and 'I do' quilt sometime and I'll be keeping this design in mind for it
    Thanks Leah
    How's the new quilt coming on? are you fusing?


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